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  WTTG    Fox 5 News Edge at 11    News  News/Business. New.  

    September 3, 2010
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mechanical pressure. >> reporter: he says rolling backpacks are an option, but that's a difficult sell. >> you don't like use a rolling backpack. that's kind of like social suicide or whatever. >> reporter: when jenny greenwald was having problems, she decided to make changes. >> my back hurt a lot like every day after school obviously because i was carrying around 40 pounds and i like lessened my load a lot. >> reporter: although she and her sister hope schools will make changes as well. >> just put the textbook on a kindle. the news keeps coming tonight. here's brian bolter with the news edge at 11:00. the news edge beginning in d.c. tonight. more than a dozen elderly and poor people duped out of their homes in a foreclosure rescue scam. that's the claim from the district attorney tonight. he's taking on a local businessman with what's described as a long history of shady business practices. fox 5's maureen umeh with the news edge. >> his name is vincent abel and he's accused of swindling
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desperate homeowners out of their homes. some fought back, a few won but at a high cost. these are slow steps to rove for maria theresa wilson -- recovery for maria theresa wilson, a former educator with a masters degree battling back from a head injury that left her devastated both physically and financially. >> i didn't know where to go or what to do. >> reporter: unable to work her northwest d.c. home went into foreclosure. that's when she was approached by a man promising help. >> they knocked on the door and said we realize you're in preforeclosure and we can help you do this and help you with your a rearages and i said oh, my god, this is wonderful. >> reporter: that man worked for vincent abel, a local d.c. businessman involved in real estate and the mortgage business. wilson said she unwittingly signed over the title of her house to abel and became a renter in her own home. she still had to pay her mortgage and when she couldn't keep up, abel evicted her.
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>> it's like a re-f is i what you're thinking you're doing. that's the -- re-fi is what you're thinking you're doing. that's the way it was presented as a refinancing and the next thing you know, they're saying no, it was a sale. how can you be educated and miss this and that's what i kept saying to myself. what did i do? >> reporter: wilson isn't the only alleged victim. abel whose family lives in this million dollar plus silver spring home is accused of doing the same thing to more than a dozen other people in the district, most of them elderly, financially unsophisticated and desperate to save their homes from foreclosure. >> he's a predator. >> reporter: d.c. attorney general peter nickels has filed an enforcement action charging abel violated the district consumer protection law. the hope is to put him out of business for good, protecting unsuspecting homeowners from devastating loss. >> just don't go in and take something away from somebody. that's not what you do. >> reporter: wilson sued abel and his company modern
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management company and won. a jury awarded her damages of $3.3 million. she says though that money helped it can never compensate for the emotional pain she suffered. we're getting more insight into the deadly hostage situation at the discovery building. today police released the 911 calls. they show alarm company disbelief of workers who called for help as james lee took control of their lobby. take a listen. >> montgomery county 911. what is the medical? >> there is a man with a gun at one -- emergency? >> there is a man with a gun at one discovery place inside the lobby of discovery communications. he's got a gun going through the front desk. he's got people on the floor. >> there's a gunman. >> was someone shot? >> i didn't see. when i walked by him, he said nobody move and shot in the air and then i ran. >> i think the guy is heading towards the door now. >> he's leaving. it looks like he has a bomb strapped to him. >> he has something in his backpack. i don't know what it is, ma'am.
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>> it looks like a bomb, ma'am. >> he's got seven kinds of propane. you'll need a sniper asap. >> as you know by now, police shot and killed james lee. no one else was hurt. surveillance video allowed police to monitor lee's movement inside the lobby of that building. that video has not been released. another big story tonight, the fenty/gray debate. >> most importantly residents, you've seen the difference in the city. as your mayor, i will bring collaboration, integrity and sound management back to the mayor's office. >> the race for the mayor's office heating up today in our fox 5 studios. mayor adrian fenty and council chair vincent gray went at it in a televised debate this morning on fox 5. with just 11 days until the primary every word counts. fox 5's karen gray houston has the latest update from the campaign trail. >> reporter: they are opposite stylistically, the brash underdog incumbent mayor drives himself around town.
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the council chairman challenging now walking with a swagger of a candidate riding high in the polls. >> welcome to this special edition of fox 5 morning morning news. >> reporter: both came out swinging in the morning debate gray hammering his message that unemployment is a spark employment why people feel left out. >> the council put in in the budget for this year $4.6 million for adult job training. this administration now over 11 months into the fiscal year with less than a month ago spent not one dollar of that. >> reporter: but the mayor says that's plainly wrong. >> just over the past month we've gotten out $3 million in grants to organizations that work with people who need job training. >> reporter: getting a job when you're unemployed is hard enough. it's even more challenging if you're an ex-offender. mayor fenty dropped by the mlk library for a graduation say mon for the project empowerment transitional -- ceremony for
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the project empowerment transitional program. the grads have mixed views on who they want for mayor. >> mayor fenty. he's funding this program and looking out for the ex- offenders. >> need mr. gray. we need some new blood in and a chance to go a new direction, but i think mr. fenty did an outstanding job when he was in there. >> reporter: not outstanding enough to get the support of ward 3 council member mary cheh who has come out in support of gray. >> council member may be a little out of step with the people in her own ward making that endorsement. >> first it shows that i have citywide support. mary cheh is a highly respected council member. >> reporter: gray now confident enough with enough cash on hand to roll out aggressive new tv campaign setting out community voices, we're sorry, mayor fenty. some things you just can't forgive. >> reporter: in the district karen gray houston, fox 5 news. >> the primary is tuesday, september 14th. our coverage of the d.c.
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mayor's race continues on www.myfoxdc.com. you can enter our website to watch that debate in its entirety. we're giving you a chance to post your thoughts and comments. everything you need to follow the heated race is just a click away. what was hurricane earl no more. he's now weakened into a tropical storm. doesn't mean new england is in the clear altogether. the storm is still considered dangerous. it has some strong we understands and rip currents as well. fox's jennifer davis is in cape cod where people say they're still bracing for the worst. >> reporter: even as earl continues to lose its strength, massachusetts governor says his state is preparing for a very serious storm. >> we've had them before and we'll have them again. >> reporter: after whipping the north carolina coastline with heavy wind and rain, earl may be weakening at a quicker pace than expected. warnings are in effect around cape cod as well as a popular summer vacation island spot of martha's vineyard and nantucket. >> we'll go out to a shelter that's been set up at the high school and assist them with
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snacks and drinks until we know exactly what's going to happen with the storm. >> reporter: the national hurricane center says most of earl's strong winds are expected to stay off cape cod, good news for those in the area. >> it can't be a big deal when i see all these other people out here. i. >> i mean if things happen, there's plenty of places to go around. i think we'll be okay. >> reporter: despite the impending storm shops and restaurants were pretty busy with tourists. >> we're staying. >> reporter: any concerns? >> we're ready. we have all our supplies and the house is safe. >> this is what we love. we love going out in storms. >> reporter: but earl is causing problems for many labor day weekend travelers along the east coast. amtrak suspended train service between new york and boston until saturday morning and continental airlines canceled at least 60 flights. president obama declared a state of emergency for massachusetts to facilitate federal disaster funding if necessary. on cape cod jennifer davis, fox news. talk about our area, rough surf and beach erosion the only
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problems due to earl. in ocean city the storm surge actually washed up to protective walls along the boardwalk. most of the people were glad earl didn't pack much of a punch. >> we're expecting it to be a little worse and are delighted it's not so bad. >> excitement. i'm just hoping it will clear up so i can set my chair up later or tomorrow morning. >> the virginia coastline saw much more. the winds gusted about 35 miles per hour. down in north carolina the outer banks is where earl did some damage. what can we expect this holiday weekend? gary mcgrady is looking at that. >> one of our photographers came back from ocean city and said he found nothing but sunshine, getting a lot better for this holiday weekend. he once sparked a bubonic plague scare, now more tense moments that led to an airport shutting down. two fans start jawing each
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other at the u.s. open. first a quick check of our friday night rundown. hey, you're with us. might as well stick around another 20 minutes or so right? we're back in one minute. hang tight. >> this is fox 5 news edge at 11:00. 
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new video tonight of the scientists behind that big scare at miami international airport. 70-year-old thomas butler was released today after being detained by security last night. a suspicious item was found in his luggage after he arrived on a flight from the middle east. before the item was deemed safe four of miami's six concourses were shut down. butler is a world renowned plague researcher and in 2003 was convicted of illegally transporting the bubonic plague. at home a wild chase ended up with a furniture store on
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lockdown. the fbi trying to stop two people wanted in connection with a carjacking in d.c. the driver ended up in cuffs and passenger bailed. he ran into the marlo furniture warehouse. the store was evacuated while they searched, couldn't find him. meantime a daycare next-door also went on voluntary lockdown. >> immediately i'm telling all the teachers you have to get the kids together, we locked the door and we're okay because we stayed prayed up. so we were okay. >> no one was hurt during the chase or the search. again the carjacking suspect still on run. coming up next the cost of getting lost. guys, if you refuse to stop and ask for directions, you're costing yourself some serious cash. we'll break down those numbers. no surprise a football crowd gets rowdy, but a tennis crowd throwing down? what in the world is going on at the u.s. open? did you see this? an all out brawl. we're next. t
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hotel and restaurant workers and find ways to help. that means working with communities. we have 19 centers in 4 states. we've made over 120,000 claims payments, more than $375 million. we've committed $20 billion to an independent claims fund to cover lost income until people impacted can get back to work. we'll keep looking for oil, cleaning it up if we find it and restoring the gulf coast. i was born in new orleans. my family still lives here. bp is gonna be here until the oil is gone and the people and businesses are back to normal... until we make this right. ♪ [ female announcer ] bursting with mouth-watering real fruit and refreshingly blended with creamy, low-fat yogurt.
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mcdonald's new strawberry banana and wildberry smoothies are 100% pure sipping fun. the simple joy of real fruit smoothies. ♪ here we go. a beatdown at flushing meadows. the woman on the right wound up arguing with the guy in the gray shirt. he was apparently cursing loudly. she didn't like it. that was animated enough, but then the man in the cap there decides he's had enough, grabs the guy by the head, throws him to the ground. down they both go. the entire time security is watching. eventually they came up, tried to restore order in the stands. paris hilton may have lied to police when asked about a purse containing cocaine. radar online reports paris told officers she borrowed the purse and it wasn't hers when she was arrested this weekend, except
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this photo has surfaced from her twitter account. it shows paris in july holding the same purse. at least it looks like it. even said she loved her new purse. paris faces a charge for felony cocaine possession, due back in court in october. twitter just hit a major milestone. shawn yancy back with your fox 5 top five. >> reporter: if you tweet, you may have helped twitter reach a major milestone. the social networking site now has more than 145 million registered users and more are tweeting via mobile devices. twitter's co-founder said the number of people microblogging on a mobile device jumped 62% since mid-april. no. 4, pot has often been called a gateway drug to other illegal substances but a new study found ethnicity was the best predictor of future drug use among teens. whites were more likely to use drugs followed by hispanics and then blacks. no.
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3, men, every time you refuse to ask for directions when you're lost you're costing yourself cash. a recent british study found men travel 276 unnecessary miles each year because they stubbornly reject help and all that lost time cost up to $3,000 in gas during a driver's lifetime. no. 2, you don't have to wait till primary day to vote. early voting is now underway in maryland for the first time ever. the idea is to get more people to go vote by giving them more than just one day to hit the polls. polls, by the way, will stay open through the 9th every day but sunday. and no. 1 tonight, pack your patience if you are riding metro's redline this holiday weekend. five redline stations are closed through 1 a.m. tuesday so crews can make safety improvements. the stations affected are takoma park, silver spring, forest glen, wheaton and glenmont. you can find tonight's top five on www.myfoxdc.com. click on web links. let's get this weekend started. looking good.
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>> let's do it. it's really hard to believe, earl just passes by and in its wake we had beautiful weather before and gorgeous weather after earl. so one day here where we had to deal with this hurricane which is now a tropical storm, this evening it's still warm, high temperature today for national, care to guess? 91 degrees, 91 degrees, even with pretty much a solid cloud canopy overhead from hurricane earl. again tropical storm earl now is passing up to the northeast of us. it's just south of nantucket right now, martha's vineyard, cape cod and it looks like it should stay offshore from massachusetts still causing some problems there, a lot of rough surf as you might expect, but since it's down to tropical storm force, there's really no more sustained winds in here up to hurricane force. there could be a couple of gusts approaching hurricane force and the sustained tropical force winds are within
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200 miles of the center. so that still means there's at least a chance that along the cape here and approaching boston, providence probably as well, could potentially get in on a little bit of tropical storm force wind, but more than anything just some very heavy rain, gusty wind and a lot of rough surf headed up towards the cape for the next several hours. the forecast track, though, still takes earl up to the north and the northeast now, a maximum sustained wind coming down to 70 miles per hour and the speed has increased. it's moving now at about 23 miles per hour and that will continue to increase and get it out of here even quicker. 85 now here in town, 79 for gaithersburg. as a matter of fact, that's up one degree in town. the winds are beginning to pick up. there's a cold front just to the northwest of us. it's already moved through cumberland. the winds are picking up for
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frederick, eventually in gaithersburg, too and initially as this front comes through, the winds are picking up to around 25, 26 miles per hour. notice the cooler weather back out to the west, pittsburgh secretary 7 now, columbus 50 -- is secretary 7 now, columbus is 59 and -- is 67 now, columbus is 59. some clouds tomorrow afternoon, shouldn't be completely cloudy or mostly cloudy, just some fair weather afternoon clouds, high temperatures gets up to about 80 degrees or, so a little warmer sunday, 81. how about your labor day forecast? it's looking good. loads of sunshine, still warm, 84 to 86 degrees and in terms of tomorrow i think we're doing good. it will be breezy, loads of sunshine. we start out around 70 and warm up to right around 80 degrees or. so how about your five-day forecast? beautiful through the holiday weekend and then we warm up tuesday and wednesday approaching 90 degrees. have a safe and happy labor day
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holiday weekend. we'll have more with sports. stay with us. mmmm. you don't love me anymore do you billy? what? i didn't buy this cereal to sweet talk your taste buds it's for my heart health. so i can't have any? if you can deprive me of what can help lower my cholesterol...
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turning you into an instrument of efficiency. introducing the new droid 2 by motorola. part of the next generation of does. good evening and good news nationals fans. stephen strasburg had successful tommy johns surgery on his right elbow today. nationals gm mike rizzo said the three-hour procedure went smooth and uneventful. strasburg will remain in the hospital overnight and return home to san diego to immediately begin physical therapy.
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full recovery is expected to take 12 to 18 months. meanwhile punishment was handed down from major league baseball today for the might engineer morgan center brawl wednesday between the -- nyjer morgan brawl wednesday between the nationals and the marlins. in all nine players and coaches were punished for the incident including doug slayton, third base coach and gnat manager jim riggleman -- gnats manager jim riggleman -- nats manager jim riggleman. 3rd inning no score danny espinoza called up wednesday getting his first major league start and that would be his first major league home run. off to zach duke. the nationals go up 1-0, but it was another rough go for livon hernandez. pedro alvarez smacks this to right center and scoring two. the pirates go up 7-1 and win 8-5. be a sleepless
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night for the redskins bubble guys. the team has to trim the roster to 53 players by tomorrow at 6 p.m. let's see how their final audition went last night. the redskins paying a visit to the cardinals in their preseason finale. brandon banks with a punt return for a touchdown against the bills in the first preseason game would then return this 1st quarter kickoff 40 yards. he also must punt his status much in question. willie parker breaks off a nice 13-yard run in the 1st quarter, longest of the preseason, he finishes with seven carries for 35 yards. the 4th quarter, terrance austin gets his first td of preseason, a 21-yarder from richard bartel, also five catches for 94 yards in his most impressive performance to date. the redskins fall 20-10, but mike shanahan took a lot from this game. >> we had a chance to evaluate a lot of people today and that's what we wanted to do.
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we had some of our younger guys to get a chance at least for a series to go against first teamers. >> so what about albert haynesworth? while he started for the first time in preseason and played right defensive end most of the night, he finished with four tackles. haynesworth played the entire game participating in 49 of the 55 redskins defensive plays and for mike shanahan, the more reps, the better albert will be. >> we got to get him some playing time so he can get back in football shape and i got to take a look at the film to tell you exactly how he played, but that's one of the reasons he played defensive and nose tackle position. we've got to get him as good as he can possibly be and there's only one way and that's to practice and play. >> the redskins will announce their 53-man roster sometime tomorrow evening. one final note, second seeded kim clijsters and third seeded venus williams move on at the u.s. open and the orioles fall to the raise 4-1. that is all for sports.
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the edge returns after the break. 
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nothing wrong with this. 80 tomorrow, breezy and then it stays nice, lower 80s all weekend long, a little warmer for your labor day